This will be a handy resource over the next few days as the Rockies officially begin their pursuit of a World Series in 2018.
Thomas Harding has a fascinating conversation with Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster about the fastball-heavy approach by the young pitching staff. Not only is it intentional, but the numbers seem to back up the approach. Probably the most interesting non-World Series related article you'll read today.
Are you looking for more baseball? You can watch some of the best prospects in the game face off in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game on Saturday at the Rockies' own Salt River Fields (6 pm MT, MLB Network). Right-handed pitchers Yency Almonte (no. 10 PuRP) and James Farris were selected to participate, even if they haven't had much on-field success in the Fall League.
Mid-season I predicted that Tyler Chatwood would get something like an Ian Kennedy contract (5 years, $70 million). Okay, I wasn't QUITE that optimistic, but I did predict it would be something like 2 years/$30 million or so. That was before he was removed from the rotation, went to the bullpen, and then came back. The point is I was probably wrong to take the over. Then I found out that Dan Duquette--the same man that gave Bad Ubaldo Jimenez four years and $50 million back in 2014--might have a plausible case to be interested. Now I feel pretty good about taking the over.